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What does Patriotism Look Like in the 21st Century

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So today, I had a Twitter argument with a couple of people who had this misconception that I was this psychotic, crazy lunatic who was ready to storm the Capitol with a gun because of what I considered breaches to my freedom. When I mentioned that I was a “patriot”, she and I had an exchange over what it meant to be a patriot.

In my view, a patriot is someone who is willing to do what it takes to preserve and defend his/her country from all enemies, foreign and domestic.  This person is willing to kill or die to keep their country together.

However, she and another took a different view.  She thought me crazy, that somehow, I was all for just killing people without giving peace a chance.  She simply could not, in her view, condone cold-blooded murder for the sake of an ideology. When I told her that I was willing to do what it took to preserve liberty and freedom, she seemed mortified at the prospect that would include taking someone’s life.

I was told, “well can’t we just vote for those who we believe will do the best job?”. My reply, “The bullet and the ballot go together.”

Today, the Iraqis lost control of Fallujah back to Al Qaeda and ISIL. There was no one there who was interested in defending it from the oppression of these people who, ten years ago, were driven out by the US during the Iraq invasion.  My debate opponent made the point that no one deserved to live under the oppression of Al Qaeda.

I took a different view. The way I see it, there are three ways that this situation will go:

  1. The Iraqis can fight for their own freedom. This is the way it should be. If people want freedom and liberty, they have to fight for it. They have to be willing to do whatever it takes to throw off the shackles of the oppression that Al Qaeda represents and live in freedom.
  2. They can surrender their own freedom and live under the rule of Al Qaeda. They may not like it, but if they don’t want it, but are not willing to fight for it, then they deserve to live under the black flag of Islamo-fascism.  In other words, if they are alright living under Al Qaeda control, then they have no right to complain or protest – they have chosen subjugation and deserve to be conquered.
  3. They can admit they are powerless and call on the outside world for help. Thing is, usually it ends up that America answers that call. The US military gets called in to handle the situation and by the blood of our men and women, a country gets its freedom – temporarily. But Al Qaeda has already gone all in on the notion that once we left, they would be coming back. And there they are.

    But after the outside force leaves, it’s up to the people to decide what to do with the freedom they have been given. Today, however, the people of Fallujah have chosen subjugation, because they certainly are not willing to take up arms against ISIL.

Going back in the Revolution, our forebears raised up arms because of 27 violations of life, liberty and the property by King George. Most of these things weren’t the atrocities that we see today with oppressive regimes like North Korea, China, or the Middle East, although the Declaration does make note of plundering of seas, ravaging of coasts, burning of towns, and destruction of the lives of the people.  Today, groups like Al Qaeda and ISIL are willing to kill anyone who doesn’t subscribe to their interpretation of Islam.  They ruthlessly rape and kill women, strap explosives onto children, and tell them this is “waging jihad in the will of Allah”.  They are oppressors of a different stripe.

Either way, be it the British, Al Qaeda, or those in government today that are slowly bleeding our liberties away through “regulation”, or “entitlement programs”. They are slowly attempting to disarm the citizens, either through so-called “gun control” or divesting their right to worship as they feel led.  These liberals in Washington are promoting homosexuality and secular humanism and bringing punishment against anyone who speaks against it as a “hate crime”.

If our Founders were alive today, they would be shooting now.

Right now, I don’t feel it is not the right time to raise up arms against those in Washington who continuously mandate that we surrender our liberty for someone else’s entitlement – not yet. There are still things that we can do peaceably to promote freedom and liberty. I think we can still influence the citizenry through grassroots movements and political activism. I believe we still have a lot of opportunities left in that regard.

Now with the subject of ObamaCare, I’m not going to participate. I’m not buying a plan, not going to pay the IRS’ tax, and not going to care who comes to my door. I’ve decided to opt out and put my trust in God, rather than government, to care for my and my family’s health.  Whatever the law says, I don’t care. I’m not playing.

But the way of peace may not always be the way. There may be a day when we’ve exhausted our last peaceful means and it will take a more forceful means to preserve liberty. Thomas Jefferson understood it like this:

“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”

I know this does not sit well with the people who believe in peace, love, and chicken grease (or veggie oil), but the people back in the 18th century knew that if they were going to keep their freedoms and liberties, they would have to strike back at the people who were keeping it from them.

Being a American Patriot is much more than raising a flag in the front yard and voting in November. It’s even more than working on someone’s campaign or donating money. It’s all about being willing to do whatever it takes to preserve American liberty and freedom. We all hope that we never have to pick up a weapon and harm another person. We all hope that we never have to see combat in our homes and fields. But the Patriot also knows and understands that it might happen that way. They don’t run and hide from that possibility, they “keep their powder dry”.

On one visit to Philadelphia, I stopped by the Free Quaker House, the old meeting hall of those Quakers, normally pacifistic in belief, who believed that the cause of liberty was too important to ignore.  Inside, there was a man, dressed in Quaker garb, who asked me:

Are you a Patriot?

Now, I know it was part of the tour, but that question struck a chord with me. As he was filling out a small card, noting me as a Patriot, his question resonated in my heart.  These Free Quakers were deeply concerned  about a conflict of conscience – taking up arms, but defending liberty and freedom.  And it made me ask myself, “would I be willing to give up life, liberty, and property to fight to protect these things for someone else?  Would I be willing to stand up for liberty and put my life in harm’s way?”

We don’t think about this in the same way today.  I think we take our liberty for granted, after over 200 years of freedom, we don’t really know what it took to secure that liberty. We just go about our lives without a second thought.  Perhaps that’s what the Founders hoped to see – a world where liberty was the way of things.  But I’m quite certain that the Founders never intended us to forget that liberty had a very high cost – blood.

We need to praise and thank God for our liberty and freedom; we must not take it for granted because there are plenty of people out there who would, if they could, take it from us and force us to live under their subjection.  This also means we have to stand ready against those who threaten that liberty – either though the ballot box, through discourse, or through the use of cold steel.

So, I ask you, reader. Are you a Patriot? Do you care about our Republic deeply enough that you would be willing to load a musket, fix a bayonet, and fight against those who would deprive you of it?

 

For my Patriot friends.

Written by Rick

January 3, 2014 at 8:04 pm

Interventions for ObamaCare Holdouts

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I keep the radio on at night to help me sleep; I don’t do so good in silence. And sometimes, I hear what’s on the radio, even if I have already sailed off to Neverland. It’s weird listening to political radio when asleep, but it’s sometimes amusing.

So I heard the guys on RedEye talking about a somewhat funny commercial about inviting your family members over for Thanksgiving to talk about not having health coverage.

I thought it was a bad dream, so I looked it up and lo, and behold. An article from USA Today talks about it.

In other words, the idiots at Organizing for Action want the ObamaDrones to start doing what basically amount to interventions. So, if you’re an ObamaCare holdout, or like me, opting out of the whole thing and giving the IRS the big middle finger, beware, because now you might get pulled into your front room and have an intervention done.

I can see the sight, weeping parents crying, “how could you, son, go without health coverage” with the liberal choruses trying to guilt us all into it by using those arguments like, “we’ll have to pay for your coverage”. But this entire effort is designed to try to fan the grassroots to get more people to start giving themselves over to ObamaCare.

Well, I’m not going. ObamaCare can go spit and all supporters can take a long walk off of a short pier. I like my liberty too much to give it away for someone else’s entitlement.

And to the fathead who came up with the idea, go ruin someone else’s Thanksgiving. I’m too busy watching football then to discuss failed socialist legislation.

Happy Thanksgiving all.

Written by Rick

November 27, 2013 at 1:14 pm

The More I Listen to Democrats…

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…the more I hear the sound of muskets, firing in the distance.

Sometimes, I wish I just didn’t give a care about what the Democrats did, said, and how the whole lot of them are screwing up our Republic. Sometimes I wish I had a nickel for every time I got angry because of something that Reid, Obama, or Pelosi said or how they abuse their power by railroading Congress further and further out of control while the president pushes laws outside of his constitutional allowance.

Problem is, I care too much. I care because my kids are going to grow up in a country where socialism’s tendrils begin to infiltrate the very fabric of our country. I see how the Democrats keep ram-rodding laws down our throat and then reneging on those laws because they aren’t liking the political effect. I see how Democrats are trying to manipulate the law to shove more of their progressive nonsense down our throats, to the point where I just want to throw up on them.

And then I hear shots go off.

Maybe I’m going insane. Maybe I’ve been watching movies like The Patriot too many times and wondering how long it would take the Founding Fathers before they would march into the Capitol and pull these crooks out in irons.  How hard would Debbie Wasserman Schultz get slapped for her stupidity if she were faced with the likes of Betsy RossMargaret Corbin, or Sybil Ludington. And how low would President Obama slink down when standing in the face of great presidential figures like George Washington or Thomas Jefferson, who would tell him, “Son, you are the kind of person we wrote a constitution to prevent from taking power”.

And then another shot goes off.

I’m not ready for another revolution, at least with arms just yet, but how long are we going to sit here before the eaters, those mindless drones who are connected to the government teat while liberals gleefully giggle and control the rate of flow at the entitlement spigot? How long before

Why am I a conservative? Because I believe in conserving our liberty, our freedoms, and our republic. These are not things to spend on entitlements, but rather, things to be protected from all enemies, foreign and domestic.

Perhaps until the shots start going off because the people are growing tired of tyranny and treason from the people who are elected to be in office.

Written by Rick

November 22, 2013 at 1:46 pm

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Word of the Law vs. Spirit of the Law

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Well, it would seem that we have a court case that could cause problems for the newly launched but floundering ACA.  States that set up an exchange were entitled to subsidy to help with insurance premiums, but now, it would seem that IRS doesn’t want to get in dutch with the states that didn’t. So the IRS is sending some cash their way, in direct contrary to the ACA. Now, a federal judge has refused a government motion to dismiss a case where the were getting subsidy in contrary to the ACA.

But one thing that’s quite clear about all this. Right now, the pro-ACA crowd is arguing for the law as intended, while the anti-ACA folks are petitioning for the law to be held as written.

Wasn’t it Nancy Pelosi that said that we have to pass the law so we can find out what was in it? So, what happens if, after we find out what was in it, that it was really really bad for the liberals? What then?

Well, we’ve already found out. First, ObamAd, Inc unilaterally suspended the employer mandate. Now, IRS has decided to offer subsidies to states that did not set up their own exchanges.  They contend that the law never intended to favor states that set up their own exchanges (16 did) over states that did (34 did not).

This isn’t the first time we’ve looked at what was written versus what was intended. With respect to, for example, church/state separation, the Founding Fathers never intended for people to be denied the right to pray at a public school football game or claim the name of Christ at a graduation. Liberals and the American Crazy Liberals Union have long maintained how the law is written and have taken the most anti-God position with respect to the so-called “establishment clause”.

Now, with respect to this, the libs don’t like how the law was written and passed (and really, neither do we), so the IRS is saying, “what we really meant to do is…”. 

I guess Chief Justice Roberts is right about one thing, nothing in the Constitution prevents passing bad law. Of course, we knew it from the start. The liberals are generally blinded by their idealism to pay attention.

To my friends.

Written by Rick

October 23, 2013 at 3:28 pm

The Positives of Conservatism – Limited Government

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So I’ve decided to try and start a series of posts on the positives of Conservatism. To elaborate, we spend a LOT of time trashing the left. And while it’s good sport for us, it hardly does anything to win the hearts and minds of those who vacillate between left and right. So, it’s my opinion that we, as Conservatives, need to actually start uniting behind a real message of hope – one that works because it’s not contrary to the left, but rather, promotes the things that are great about America. If we can do that, we stand to begin winning hearts and minds to the RIGHT path.

Part of this series will be questions to ask people. Liberals will likely retort with race-bating, hate-bating, or some other emotionally charged response about how Bush screwed this or that up, or how the Tea Party is wrecking America. But these questions are designed to be individualized – which means you have to start having conversations with individual people.

In other words, how government is supposed to be.

So here is something to “pass through the grass”.

On Limited Government

When I stand around a watercooler, I never hear anyone who sings the praises of the government. Mostly, the conversation takes a downward turn about how stupid everyone in the belt-way is, or how inept the government is, or how they simply hate them. Without exception, I NEVER hear, “oh, I love the government”, or “I simply love Congress”.

The only part of the government, really, that gets any real respect and adoration is our Military. And that’s because they justly earn it. Thanks for your service, my Brothers and Sisters in Arms.

Today, approval of Congress has never been lower, something like 85% disapproval, less than 10% approval according to Real Clear Politics. It’s never been as bad as it is now. Now chalk it up to things like the shutdown, or the O’care rollout, or their general acts that are morally questionable when spending money and earmarking – but either way, less than one person in ten has a positive view of Congress.

Logic dictates one of either two courses of

  • They are unwilling to improve.
  • They are unable to improve.

To that end, either way, that doesn’t sit will with me when we consider that we’re to trust government with our money, our freedoms, or even our health care.

Ask: If everyone in government is so stupid and incapable, then why do we want to continuously trust them with things that could effectively mean life or death?

Government only was commissioned for specific things. Originally and specifically, it was commissioned for:

  1. print money – Dept of Treasury;
  2. negotiate treaties and communicate with other nations – Dept of State;
  3. raise and maintain a military – Dept of War (now Defense); and
  4. manage commerce issues between the several States – Dept of Commerce.

The way I see it, this is what it should be. But now, government has become so bloated and unworkable, it’s beyond repair. We as individuals need to evaluate just how involved government is in our lives. We saw a glimpse of this during the shutdown. Frankly, it should be a very disturbing thing to all Americans as to how dependent we have become on government.

Ask: Are you saying then that you NEED the government, because you’re incapable of taking care of yourself, or you want the government to pony up because it continuously takes from you. In either case, why is the government something that is desirable?

Ask: Wouldn’t you feel better if you were to realize the American Dream on your own, rather than holding to a handout?

Ask: Wouldn’t it not be better to be unaffected by what happens in Washington on a personal level, than to have people in Washington make decisions without considering how it affects you?

In the end, the more that government is involved in our lives, the less liberty and freedom we enjoy. We can’t allow the bureaucrats to sacrifice our liberty for the entitlement of others. Each person is to control their own destiny – without an overreaching government messing it up.

So, the first benefit of conservatism is that we believe that with government out of the way most of the time, people are more free to control their own destinies. Government has its purposes, but it’s better to have those purposes limited and specific, not over-reaching and broad.

Written by Rick

October 22, 2013 at 11:29 am

O’care Website – Epic Fail

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So, it didn’t take much for all of us to watch as the O’care website flopped right on it’s face.

With three years and over $300 million, it’s astonishing how people aren’t being sent to the unemployment line, beginning with that battle-axe Kathleen Sebelius. She was put in charge of all this and it’s been nothing but a colossal disaster.  So as the HHS sorts out all the brouhaha, I have a few points of my own.

1) I talked a couple times already on this (here, and here), and wonder why more people aren’t asking the questions. We’re supposed to have the best IT in the world, and yet, we can’t make a functional website? Or is this just another shining example of government ineptitude – focusing on bureaucratic constraints and organizational needs, rather than customer needs. Vincent Flanders of Web Pages That Suck talks about this on his website (here)

2) Why did HHS opt to use CGI Federal to build the website after Canada fired them? That doesn’t make a dang bit of sense, particularly since the project that CGI failed to do with slipped deadlines and the like was much smaller. Either HHS didn’t know and didn’t vet them properly or they did know, which suggests something more insidious.

3) If Sebelius was smart, she would have contracted with a website design firm right here in the USA.  You see, we’re all natural-born capitalists and building a functional website that could sustain millions of hits per day should not be that difficult. Perhaps Sebelius should have contacted the developers for Amazon or eBay.

What do you think?

 

To my friends.

 

Written by Rick

October 21, 2013 at 8:24 pm

For Downtrodden Conservatives – What We Do Now

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Well folks, the shutdown is over and we dodged the so-called default bullet.

I know many of you out there are sad, angry, irritated. We want to punch someone in the face over this. We want to scream and yell at all the “eaters” and “takers” out there who demand we surrender our liberties for their entitlement – and they are thankless ingrates who have no problem sponging off the system and hustling for what we work hard to give to our families. Believe me, I’m angry too. I wanted to print out a picture of Harry Reid, tape it to my heavy bag, and punch it until the paper was shredded, followed up by photos of GOP members for selling out and screwing up this whole thing.

But then, after talking to my wife, who is pretty upset over all of this, wondering, “what do we do now?”, well, I went to my chair and started thinking about all of this. She feels angry and betrayed, as we all do.  But it’s time to prepare for the next fight. That will take some wisdom.

1) Keep On Talking and Listening - We keep on going in the marketplace of ideas. Conservative ideas are good and pure and they work whenever we actually take the time to do them.  Now, don’t expect that the Mainstream Media is going to help – they are the soundboard for the Lib-crats – and there is no hope in changing them.

We won’t change the liberal mindset so long as we don’t have a message on which we all can get behind. Keep on tweeting, blog posting, and “Pass through the Grass” (yes, that sounds funny, but it’s a good slogan – “Pass through the Grass” means keep on talking to your friends, family, and co-workers (the grassroots). Don’t adopt talking points; instead, make the conservative message YOUR message. Integrate it into your thinking and speech and keep on talking.

We gotta stop preaching why liberal ideas are bad and focus on why conservative ideas are good. Do we even know?

Also, keep on listening and pointing out the failures of Obama and his left-wing libcrat Congress.  Continue holding Biden to ridicule. Continue holding the Administration accountable about Benghazi and the IRS scandals. Don’t let up.

2) Keep Resisting – We keep on resisting Government tyranny at every turn. Now I can’t tell you what to do, but I’ve decided to opt out of ObamaCare completely. I’m not signing up, I’m not buying in, and I’m not paying the IRS fee. ObamaCare requires seven million people signed into it for it to work.  I won’t be one of them. And maybe you might choose to not be either.

Now that won’t be easy, because I’ll have to be fiscally responsible and make sure I set money aside, in case something happens. But until they fix the system, I can’t afford the premiums. I have to do what is best for MY family, not someone else.

3) Enjoy Your Freedoms and Liberties – There is something to be said about someone who can continue to live in joy (something not easy for me) amidst pain, suffering, and hopelessness. We can continue to laugh at those angry liberals, drowning in their own misery, but the way I see it, the liberals spike a football every time we roll out our anger. They are overjoyed to see our sad or angry reactions. Don’t give it to them.

Enjoy your liberty and freedoms, because they are given to you by God, not government.

4) Pray and Ally with God – We pray and seek God’s will for all that we do. Remember, we’ll never get the liberals on our side, nor the RINO GOP’s who just want peace and love in Washington. But instead of getting people on our side, how’s about we surrender our will to God’s will and then, draw strength from that.

5) Remember your Reagan – Ronald Reagan taught many good things of how conservative government is supposed to work.  Thing is, Reagan didn’t have a Congress full of conservatives. He was a uniter – the “Great Communicator”. This is what we need to do, so here are some words of wisdom, from the Ol’ Gipper himself. for you:

  • Don’t speak ill of fellow Republicans (That’s going to be tough for us who are more allied with Tea Party values than the establishment)
  • If a Republican agrees with you 80% of the time, he’s your ally.
  • No arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is as formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women.
  • If we ever forget that we are one nation under God, then we will be one nation gone under.
  • There is nothing wrong with America that we, together, cannot fix.

Folks, it’s time we step up and remembered who we are, who we serve, and continue being Americans.

Written by Rick

October 17, 2013 at 4:15 pm

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ObamaCare Website Failures – Intentional?

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Now this borders on conspiracy theorist, but it does make a lot of sense.

Question: Did the government engineer the Heathcare dot gov website to purposely obscure the costs of premiums? 

It might make sense, given the previous commentary from Aetna’s CEO about how the code drop only happened last month and they government would “fix it on the fly”. That level of sheer incompetence does border on the intentional – they had three years to get it done! It didn’t take other high volume websites that long to come online and meet the demand.  But it certainly did for the ACA’s website.

Or maybe there were some who felt that it wasn’t going to work out anyway, so rather sink a lot of website development costs into something that people would effectively reject, they’ll just take the money and produce a pathetic product.

There’s also the thought that government web developers are so incompetent – that that’s why they’re in government – they got fired from civilian, for-profit gigs.

I don’t know.  But I’m quite sure that, as not many Americans have actually signed up for ACA as ObamAd, Inc would like, not disclosing the costs of ACA to the public without signing up would not be in the best interests of the Administration. The aim is to get you to sign up, not to have you see the costs, get “sticker shock” and then walk away.

I wouldn’t be surprised if the next step was to start signing everyone up automatically.

Read the Piece: http://www.forbes.com/sites/theapothecary/2013/10/14/obamacares-website-is-crashing-because-it-doesnt-want-you-to-know-health-plans-true-costs/

Rush’s Commentary: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qV6cpyFs56M

Written by Rick

October 15, 2013 at 3:56 pm

I Bet If It Was Amazon…

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If there is one thing I like about Amazon.com, it’s the fact that they know what is important and what isn’t.  And they know how to build a system that doesn’t take years to construct, cost tens of millions of dollars to get working, and isn’t buggy as crap. Instead, they know how to take the ample time to prepare for a good system rollout.

But according to Aetna’s CEO, Mark Bertolini, code drops for the site showed up within a month before go-live. Mr. Bertolini indicated, though more diplomatically than I would, of how much that ObamAd, Inc was hell bent on getting the project launched on October 1 and that all the testing now was “on-the-fly”.

So in other words, it was more important to get it out there, rather than getting it right.  That is the same madness that has driven the entire ACA in the first place.  Nancy Pelosi wanted to “pass it to see what was in it” and then she wanted to “fund it before we could fix it”. Obama and the rest of the Congressional jackasses were refusing to negotiate on anything because this is “signature legislation”. It’s all about “getting the framework into place” rather than actually having a working solution.

Many of my friends are in IT, systems designers, enterprise architects, web developers and code jocks. All of the ones I’ve spoken with in my circle find the entire thing laughable. And then I bring up Amazon and it puts it into perspective, because if they were really about business, it wouldn’t nearly be this nightmarish.

Typical government idiocy.

Watch and Read it: Obamacare insurance market deeply flawed: Aetna CEO.

Written by Rick

October 15, 2013 at 8:36 am

Another Reason Why I’m Opting Out

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Not that ObamaCare is a train-wreck and a travesty to the health care industry in general – as well as a Socialist killjoy to free-market medical coverage, but now, I have another reason:

Identity Theft

Turns out we have a story out of Kansas of a so-called ObamaCare Navigator (someone who is supposed to help people unable to figure out O-crap-care’s inner workings) who has a history.  Rosilyn Wells of Laurence, Kansas has:

1) An outstanding arrest warrant
2) History of writing bad checks
3) A bankruptcy
4) An outstanding tax bill of $1700

Yet, ObamAd, Inc has her on the rolls as a Navigator.

Thing is, Navigators have privileged access to people’s personal data. And with a woman like this, one who has a pattern on financial issues, it would seem to me she has no business being a Navigator.

But how many people out there are on the rolls as a Navigator, yet don’t engender the trust worthy of such a posting? How many scammers are out there, just waiting to abuse their privileges. It’s too easy.

So, where I certainly wasn’t interested in getting scammed by the new insurance mandates, now, I don’t even want to be near them. I’m trying to keep what little money I actually have.

No thanks – I decline.

Written by Rick

October 14, 2013 at 11:36 am

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